In short: The disappointment of missing my target time was washed away in a flood of emotions brought on by the incessant crowd support and the kinship felt between all us runners. In full: The pain and the ecstasy. This was a 26.2-mile emotional rollercoaster that will live in the memory forever. Not because I had a good run - I didn't - but for the crowd support, the weather, the many forumites I passed and was passed by, but most of all for all the other runners out there. We were all united by one common bond. We had to get to the finish no matter whether we were fast and loose, or a bit slower with muscles tightening by the second.
This was my ninth London, but my first for six years. I'd forgotten the impact the event has on your senses and had thought that I would make this my last London for quite some time, and go off and find some other challenges. But it gets into your blood, and now, less than 24 hours after dragging myself to the finish, I want to do it again.
In short: My first London Marathon - thank you people of London !!! In full: Great weather (must remember sun cream next time), the crowds made it for me, lost count of number of bands, dancers, cheer leaders - what an amazing turn out. ran A PB by 17 minutes too. My jaw aches I smiled so much during the race ! One draw back and I dont think there is much that can be done is the congestion around the repatriation area. You may want to check out my pre race diary on www.justgiving.com/sean_whewell_london_2005 - another great race I would suggest is the Stockport 10 mile road race in December Date of review: April 19, 2005
In short: My second FLM Must try even harder next year In full: Yet another fantastic day. I failed to beat my target 4 hours . Probably due to heat and starting too fast.However at 4h18m was 4 mins. faster than 04.Will just have to try harder next year. Date of review: April 19, 2005
In short: Fantastic atmosphere for my very first (and maybe last!!) marathon In full: It hurt! A lot! But I'm so pleased to have done it, the crowds are fantastic, the organisation amazing for such a big race, and it really was a very special day. Date of review: April 19, 2005
In short: What a fantastic day!!! In full: My second FLM. Last time did it in a heart costum and this time went for a time and managed a sub 4 hour (3:54). Excellent. The atmosphere realy is somthing else. Well done again to the organisers. Date of review: April 19, 2005
In short: First time, great experience and fantastic atmosphere In full: Enjoyed the whole day from start to finish. It was a hard slog, the crowds were wonderful, 17-21 the most difficult but the home stretch was fantastic - I doubt I'll be eating another jelly baby!
Definitely an achievement...never again? Will have to see.. Date of review: April 19, 2005
In short: A VERY HOT DAY, AND TOUGH COURSE FOR MY FIRST EVER RUN AT 10K. THE FINAL RUN UP THE PLOUGHED FIELD NEARLY KILLED ME!. HOWEVER ONCE RECOVERED ENJOYED THE EXPERIENCE. WILL RETURN. Date of review: April 19, 2005
In short: Some of the hills are a bit challenging, runners and walkers are very much respected In full: This year will be my third run in the race for life, I love the atmosphere and the organisation is very good. This race converted me from a non runner, to someone who wants to race as much as possible now. Date of review: April 18, 2005